More than eight million tonnes of plastic is thrown away each year and washed out to sea.
It takes centuries to break down and is eaten by marine creatures. It also finds its way back into the food chain.
That is why the Premier League and Sky are working together to use their global reach and appeal to raise awareness of the environmental issues caused by plastic.
The partnership aims to inspire Premier League clubs and fans across the world to take positive action to reduce their single-use plastic intake, making small changes that will have a big impact.
They will learn how they can make a difference and educate their parents in the process.
One club leading the way is Tottenham Hotspur, whose state-of-the-art new stadium will be free from plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery, while its retail outlets will phase out standard 5p carrier bags.
Sky Ocean Rescue Ninja Isaac Nartey forms part of a specialist team of experts who will help the Premier League provide support and guidance to clubs on how they can phase out single-use plastic from their stadiums and operations.
He believes that having access to 15,000 primary schools in England and Wales via the Premier League Primary Stars initiative, will be a major step in getting the message out.
"It's all about inspiring people to make small everyday changes that can really stop our oceans from drowning in plastic," he says in "This Is Premier League," the official season review of the 2017/18 PL season.
"When you make people aware of what they do at a young age – not to use single-use plastics and just throw them away – they will take that through into their adult lives."
To find out more about the Premier League's partnership with Sky and how clubs and fans are being encouraged to #PassOnPlastic, visit skyoceanrescue.com.